foods to freeze

Kelly - posted on 12/15/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I want to make several dishes and freeze individual portions for someone who doesn't have an oven, just a microwave. He especially likes pasta, but a variety of ideas would be great.

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Natasha - posted on 01/04/2011

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For your potato soup, you can freeze it. I know that there are lots of resturants that make thier soups in a warehouse and ship them frozen to thier individual stores. The way you defrost and reheat them is by putting the bag of soup into a pot of water and bringing it to a boil. I do'nt know if that would work for your friend, as I'm not sure how you would do that in a microwave, but it's a great way to save any leftover soup that you know you won't get to eat before it starts to turn.

Meisha - posted on 12/19/2010

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i dont have a recipe to hand but there are loads out there, i cook a massive macaroni and cheese every month and freeze it in portions, my son just loves it. i put broccoli and cauliflower in it as well.

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TACO PASTA CASSEROLE

1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1 or 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
pinch salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery
2 onions
1 green bell pepper
1/2 lb shell, ziti or elbow macaroni
3 pints water
1 1/2 tsp. taco seasoning
1 can condensed mushroom soup
1/2 lb. sharp cheddar cheese

Season ground beef lightly with salt and pepper. Wash and chop pepper and onion and sauté in a tablespoon of olive oil until translucent; add crumbled ground beef and sauté until browned. Add garlic, celery and taco seasoning; sauté for 2 more minutes.
Cook pasta according to package directions in boiling salted water (but for a few minutes less time until almost tender).

Butter a casserole dish and place a layer of pasta, a layer of meat, cheese, and soup, ending with a layer of cheese.

Bake in a 350°F oven until cheese and soup melt through and mixture is bubbly. Stir once or twice, then serve hot.

Makes 3 or 4 servings.

Variation: Omit taco seasoning and use Italian seasoning instead (oregano, basil, etc) and use 1 can tomato instead of mushroom.

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CHICKEN, BROCCOLI AND GARLIC PASTA
CASSEROLE

3 oz. cooked penne or small tube shaped noodles
Salt and pepper
3 c. steamed, chopped broccoli
2 1/2 tbsp. butter
1 c. chopped onion
2 cloves chopped garlic
3 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 1/2 c. chicken broth
1 1/2 c. whole milk
1 bay leaf
3/4 lb. chicken breast tenders (strips)
Pinch nutmeg
2 tbsp. chopped parsley
1/2 c. cottage cheese
3 tbsp. Parmesan cheese

In large bowl put cooked pasta and broccoli. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a sauce pan, heat the butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook for about 3 minutes until softened. Stir in garlic and flour; cook for 1 minute. Stir in thyme and then slowly whisk in the broth and milk. Add bay leaf, bring to boil, reduce heat and cook gently for 10 minutes. Add chicken and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until chicken is barely cooked through. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper and nutmeg. Add to the bowl with the pasta and broccoli along with parsley and stir until mixed. Put casserole into oiled 11 1/2 x 8 inch baking dish. Dot with cottage cheese and sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake for about 20 minutes until heated through and the top is lightly browned

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PIZZA CASSEROLE

1 lb. hamburger, browned and drained (I do ahead and freeze)
1 (14 oz.) jar Ragu Pizza Quick sauce
6 to 8 oz. (1/2 pkg.) macaroni cooked and drained
Grated cheese (whatevers left in refrigerator Colby, Cheddar, Mozzarella)

Mix hamburger, macaroni, and 1/2 sauce together gradually adding sauce until its as saucy as you like. Top with grated cheese and bake at 350 degrees until warm throughout dish and cheese melted. Great to make one for now and freeze one for a rainy day.

Kelly - posted on 12/16/2010

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The only homemade soup I know how to make is potato soup, very delish, but I don't think it would freeze well. Potatoes and a cream base=not so good to freeze. Will check out the "once a month" idea. Thank you!

Callinda - posted on 12/16/2010

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Soups freeze well, as do most casseroles. I have seen websites before that talk about "once a month cooking" which involves lots of recipes to freeze - maybe try searching that.

Shawn - posted on 12/15/2010

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Lasagna Rolls make a great pasta dish that can be served out in single portions to freeze and reheat in the microwave.

Ingredients:
* 1/4 pound ground beef
* 2 tablespoons chopped onion
* 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
* 1 (16 ounce) can crushed tomatoes or chunky spaghetti sauce
* 1-2 zucchini, sliced and quartered (optional)
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
* 1 1/4 cups cottage cheese
* 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
* 1 egg, lightly beaten
* 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
* 1 box lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
* 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

In a skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add tomatoes (or spaghetti sauce), zucchini, salt, and oregano; simmer for 10 minutes. Spoon half of the meat sauce into a greased 9-in. square baking dish. combine cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, 2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, egg, and parsley; spread 1/4 cupful on each noodle. Carefully roll up and place seam side down over meat sauce. Top with remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Cover and bake at 375 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

When separating out for smaller servings make sure you put enough sauce with each roll. I love putting the zucchini in it so that my kids get a bit of veggies, they love it. Of course if the person you are making it for doesn't like zucchini it can be left out.

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